Originally Posted by illnastyimpreza /forum/post/12945223
ok I hear all this hype about vacume tube technology, and how its THAT much better than solid state electronics or whatnot...
WHY is it better ???
just who thinks it IS better ?
Originally Posted by illnastyimpreza /forum/post/12947230
^ verry informative post. I had been under the interpretation that tubes where better in all ways...
I will have to change my thinking
I still wonder why Vacume Tube car amplifier are so much more money....
Originally Posted by jhe /forum/post/12946789
It isn't in most ways.
Some audiophiles with "golden ears" who like the warmer sound that tubes generally have due to the high output impedances. Many of these might prefer FET or class D amps also. But if it sounds different from flat it is really a kind of distortion. This effect can vary with loudspeaker type too, and some esoteric styles might benefit.
Tubes and FET transistors work very similarly but tubes do have one advantage. They are very rugged and less prone to catastrophic failure from things like shorting speaker leads. They also need less protecive circuitry that can cause problems in cheap transistor designs.
Nobody who lived with tubes back when that was all we had would want to go back there if still sane. I remember having to balance the output stages every month or two, replacing tubes using a tube tester to make matched sets, throwing away like half the tubes I bought because they were mechanically noisy or they arced.
Then again some audiophiles like this extra hassle. Same people who like 78 and 33 rpm disks still and tone arms with 100 different adjustments.